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Invincible (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 9) Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2008
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One is left with the impression that the manuscript was completed in a rush. It reads like an extended outline - all plot, no character, no theme. The major event of the book, and perhaps the series, is the death of a Sith. How does it feel when one of these Dark Lords leaves the force? How does it feel to a family member? How does it feel to the Sith himself? What happens to Jacen in the force? Was he redeemed by his last minute thought for his daughter? Does he become a ghost, like his grandfather? What's the reaction on Coruscant? On Corellia? On Korriban? Among the Jedi? How does Luke feel? How about Tenel Ka? Allana? Ben? Tahiri? We can only imagine. Denning doesn't tell us.
Nor does he suggest what it all means. We never knew what Jacen wanted, beyond bringing order to the galaxy. But as the disorder was instigated and exacerbated by the Sith, he dies playing a fool's game. How is one to regard this galactic tragedy? What do the other characters learn from this? How has the Star Wars universe changed?
The political end is given about as much thought as the beginning and concludes in just a couple of pages with a New Galactic Alliance. Once Jacen is gone, all appears to be forgiven and forgotten. One of the central characters of the series, Admiral Niathal, is completely missing from the story.Read more ›
If you read the inner jacket summary, it says this is it, the final climactic showdown between Jacen and Jaina, trying to build tension. But anyone who has read the previous eight books can see this is, a complete load of horsespittle. Jacen's ship, the Anakin Solo was boarded several times, and he could have been killed several times as well. Once by Luke, once by Ben, and once by a Mando (forgot his name) who was under orders from Boba Fett not to kill Jacen. So far from being invincible, Jacen has been one of the most vulnerable villains yet.
In fact, Luke is revealed to be fully capable of kicking his butt. And considering Jacen admits he would only just be able to just beat Master Saba, there's no reason why any of the other masters, like the powerful Kyp (I've always felt he was underutilised) couldn't take him out either.
So basically this a book which is light on suspense and quite short in length.
As a stand alone book, and as a final volume, Invincible is not good and it is only worth reading so you know what happens in the end.
I was quite disappointed.
As an aside, there is also a Legacy comic series set roughly 100 years from this book. In it, the Sith have once again vanquished the Jedi. I was wondering if the comic series was "canon" and whether or not Invincible was the prelude to the fall of the New Jedi Order. After all, there doesn't seem to be a strong succession plan after Luke.
In the last few books in the NJO series and continuing through the awful DN trilogy, the groundwork for Jacen's transformation had been pretty well set up. Then "Betrayal" offered a reasonably detailed rationale for his choices as it became obvious what path he was going to take. And then the rest of the series just rushes through the important events of his rise and fall with little to no rhyme or reason. Caedus is basically a new character, and he is woefully underdeveloped. Apparently the message is "becoming Sith means instantly becoming a deranged maniac".
Jacen/Caedus should have been the first, second and third focus of this series, but instead superfluous storylines interrupt and detract from his story, and then disappear without any resolution (Fett's wife, the secret Sith, the Wookies, etc). That lack of resolution is the most disappointing thing about "Invincible". This last book screams "rushed to beat the deadline".
The "sacrifice" of Mara made no sense (Tenel Ka would have been a better choice), and Jacen immediately becomes a power-drunk caricature once he takes the name "Caedus".Read more ›
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Come on what do you expect, it's exactly as good as you think it is. I loved it.Published 1 day ago by St. Vaughn
Underwhelming. At no point did Darth Caedus appear to be a dangerous foe, getting beaten in both combat encounters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sam
At best all I can say is that it concluded the series. As usual writers turn to characters near constant psycho-analysis to fluff out the story. Just cheap filler is all that is. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Duane
This book completely killed a fairly good series. The characters were lacking and the storyline was redundant. I feel cheated of both time and money, now.Published 11 months ago by Tory Johnson
It was a great wrap to such an epic story. I truly am going to miss reading this series. If you have any interest in the Star Wars expanded universe, then I highly recommend this... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Smith
*Spoiler Alert* This has been such a fantastic series. There has been a variety of complex characters both familiar and new to the Star Wars family. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephen